Your website looks awesome. Your logo is killer. Your Etsy shop is filled with amazing goodies. You’ve rocked DIY Branding month and you’re ready for business, right?
But wait – how are you going to package your products? Do you have business cards yet? Are you still buying your shipping supplies at the local big box store? And, have you given any thought to making every order pretty? Because a little bit of pretty goes a long way, especially in the creative business world!
I’ve looked high and low and gathered a list of great places to shop for branding and packaging supplies. You’ll find (pretty much) everything you need to package your products with a professional look on a DIY budget. Some of these are obvious, some are sweet, and some of them were my little secret… until now!
PUT YOUR NAME ON IT – Printed Items
Basic Label (China) – woven garment labels, printed clothing labels
Custom Clothing Labels (US) – woven garment labels, printed clothing labels, PVC labels
Custom Couture Label Company (US) – woven garment labels, hangtags, ribbon, zipper pulls, etc.
Got Print (US) – business cards, banners, flyers, catalogues, hangtags, etc.
Jakprints (US) – business cards, flyers, postcards, magnets, banners, etc.
Juke Box Print (Canada) – business cards (including wooden cards, kraft cards, cotton cards, die cut cards), flyers, stickers, rubber stamps, hangtags, etc.
Sticker Mule (US) – custom stickers, die cut stickers, bumper stickers, electronic skins
Sticker Robot (US) – custom stickers
Sticker You (Canada) – custom vinyl stickers and labels
UV Cards (US) – business cards, postcards, stickers, magnets, etc.
Vistaprint – business cards, flyers, signs, magnets and pretty much anything else you’d want to put your business name on
TIP – Why not reach out to local print shops in your town – support a local small biz & make a personal connection!
PACKAGE IT UP – Packaging Basics
Creative Bag (Canada) – plastic bags, paper bags, tissue paper, boxes, metal tins, etc
In The Clear (US) – paper bags, plastic bags, boxes, metal tins, plastic tubes, ribbon, tape, etc
Muslin Bags (US) – drawstring muslin bags – can order single sample to check sizing, etc.
Papermart (US) – paper bags, plastic bags, jewelry boxes, stationery boxes, muslin bags, ribbon, tags, etc.
Potters (UK) – jewelry boxes, displays, tissue paper, gift bags
Robert H Ham (US) – jewelry packaging, ribbon, tissue paper
SKS Bottle (US) – glass bottles, glass jars, plastic tubes, plastic bottles, plastic jars, etc.
Sunburst Bottle (US) – glass bottles, glass jars, plastic bottles, plastic jars, metal containers, etc.
The Wrappery (Canada) – resealable plastic bags, glassine bags, ribbon, twine, tags – great for smaller quantities if you’re not ready to take the 1000 piece leap just yet!
SEND IT OUT – Shipping Supplies
EcoEnclose (US) – eco-friendly boxes, bubble mailers, poly mailers, labels and packing tape
Romantic Pink (South Korea) – poly mailers in fun colours, cute packing tape
TIP – If you’re not quite ready to invest in 100+ units, try your local dollar store. They often carry bubble mailers and are a good way to see what size(s) you use most before ordering a full case.
MAKE IT PRETTY – Finishing Touches
Caramelos (US) – ribbons, trims, colourful twine, cute accents, etc.
Dacgiri’s Ribbon Shop (South Korea) – ribbon
Knot & Bow (US) – metallic twine, colourful shipping tags, stickers, etc.
Olive Manna (US) – paper bags, shipping tags, ribbon, twine, etc.
Omiyage (Canada) – washi tape, cute paper bags, colourful baker’s twine, shipping tags, stickers, etc.
Really Reasonable Ribbon (US) – ribbon, ric rac, colourful twine
Ribbon Shop (US) – custom printed ribbon, ribbon
The Twinery (US) – colourful baker’s twine
We Sell Coffee (US) – large cones of baker’s twine – not quite as nice as the other designer twines, but perfect if you go through a lot of it!
Whisker Graphics (US) – colourful baker’s twine, cute paper bags, stickers, tags – created Divine Twine & Bitty Bags!
FUN EXTRAS – Other Good Stuff
Pure Buttons (US) – custom pinback buttons, stickers, magnets
Rubber Stamps (US) – custom rubber stamps, self-inking stamps
Simon’s Stamps (US) – custom rubber stamps, self-inking stamps
Six Cent Press (Canada) – custom pinback buttons
Unique Expressions (US) – personalized pencils
HELP OUR LIST GROW: Do you have any secret (or not so secret suppliers) you love and we missed? Or perhaps a branding / packaging supply you’re on the hunt for? Tell us all about it in the comments – our hope is that this list grows with your input!